grains of paradise

grains of paradise
Date: 15th century the pungent seeds of a West African plant (Aframomum melegueta) of the ginger family that are used as a spice

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  • Grains of paradise — Paradise Par a*dise (p[a^]r [.a]*d[imac]s), n. [OE. & F. paradis, L. paradisus, fr. Gr. para deisos park, paradise, fr. Zend pairida[=e]za an inclosure; pairi around (akin to Gr. peri ) + diz to throw up, pile up; cf. Skr. dih to smear, and E.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Grains of paradise — Grain Grain (gr[=a]n), n. [F. grain, L. granum, grain, seed, small kernel, small particle. See {Corn}, and cf. {Garner}, n., {Garnet}, {Gram} the chick pea, {Granule}, {Kernel.}] [1913 Webster] 1. A single small hard seed; a kernel, especially of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grains of paradise — the pungent, peppery seeds of an African plant, Aframomum melegueta, of the ginger family, used to strengthen cordials and in veterinary medicine. Also called guinea grains, Guinea pepper. [1490 1500] * * * ▪ seeds also called  guinea grains, or… …   Universalium

  • grains of Paradise — Pepper Pep per, n. [OE. peper, AS. pipor, L. piper, fr. Gr. ?, ?, akin to Skr. pippala, pippali.] 1. A well known, pungently aromatic condiment, the dried berry, either whole or powdered, of the {Piper nigrum}. [1913 Webster] Note: Common, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grains-of-paradise — rojinis imbierpipiris statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Imbierinių šeimos prieskoninis, vaistinis augalas (Aframomum melegueta), paplitęs atogrąžų Azijoje ir Afrikoje. Iš jo gaminami maisto priedai (kvėpikliai). atitikmenys: lot. Aframomum… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • grains of paradise — noun an African plant, Aframomum melegueta of the ginger family Zingiberaceae, the pungent, peppery seeds of which are used in liqueurs, veterinary medicines and household remedies. Also, guinea grains …   Australian English dictionary

  • grains of paradise — noun The seeds of a plant (Aframomum melegueta) in the ginger family native to West Africa used as a spice. Syn: alligator pepper, Guinea grains, Guinea pepper, melegueta pepper …   Wiktionary

  • grains of paradise — noun West African plant bearing pungent peppery seeds • Syn: ↑Guinea grains, ↑Guinea pepper, ↑melagueta pepper, ↑Aframomum melegueta • Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous plant • …   Useful english dictionary

  • grains of Paradise — plural noun the seeds of a West African plant (Aframomum melegueta), used as a spice and in herbal medicine …   English new terms dictionary

  • Grains of Selim — seed pods The term Grains of Selim refers to the seeds of a shrubby tree, Xylopia aethiopica, found in Africa. It is also known as kimba pepper, African pepper, Moor pepper, Negro pepper, Kani pepper, Kili pepper, Sénégal pepper, Ethiopian pepper …   Wikipedia

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